THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
19th Annual Event 50 miles
and the 10th Annual
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2013
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Five repeats of a 6-mile loop and a 4-mile out-and-back for the fifty miler. All rural and all paved. There are
several long hills and some smaller ones too. This is not mountainous but is definitely not flat. The marathon
course is the same as the 50 but with less repeats and a short out-and -back at the start. Marathoners and 50
milers start in opposite directions. They also have separate finish lines. There is no marathon option for those in
the 50 miler who decide to drop. For directions to the start click here.
There are plenty of motels in Rockingham. Since you will be running all night you may not need a room. If you
do need lodging call 1-800-858-1688 for local information.
A full service aid station will be at the start/finish and will be passed at approximately 6 miles and 10
miles of each loop. Plan to carry a bottle.
I do like to let my volunteers go home at a reasonable time. They will be with us all night. Therefore,
all 50-milers must start the last lap no later than 4 am. That means you have to do the first 40 miles
under 10 hours. Marathoners must be finished by 3 am [9 hrs. time limit].
AWARDS and SHIRTS:
The race shirt is optional. Choices are a standard black cotton tee for $7.50 or a synthetic wicking black tee for
$12.00. Entrants will be able to indicate on the entry form whether they would like a shirt or not and add the
shirt fee to the entry fee. I order exact number on the shirts and have no extras. Consider size carefully. You
will get the size you mark on the entry form.
Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up. I do not mail shirts to no-shows. No-show shirts are either given to
volunteers or sold to participants who did not pre-order a shirt.
There will be awards for male and female first place overall and first place Mangum Track Club in the 50 miler.
The marathon will have male and female first place overall awards. There is no awards ceremony. Pick up
your finisher's award as soon as you cross the finish at the finish line. Awards will not be mailed.
This is not your normal marathon. This is all rural, not a city marathon. The course is not certified.
You will be in the middle of nowhere all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, no
spectators, and late in the run possibly even no other runners. There are only 6 houses on the course
and they have dogs. Aid stops are over 5 miles apart, so you will need to carry a water bottle. If you
decide to quit, there are no pick-up vans, so you will either have to walk to the aid station or hitch a ride
with somebody. The race will start at 6 pm and the temperature will probably be about 85 degrees with
little shade. Darkness comes about 9 pm and there are no street lights. You will need a light for the
reasons cited in the waiver. If you need to be catered to every couple of miles along the course or worry
running in the dark, perhaps you should not come. We really have seen everything listed in the waiver
except the polecats and they are there too. The drop out rate among veteran 50-milers is usually 40%
or so. Think long and hard before you enter this event. If Lao-tzu were to give advice about this event
he would say, "Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
REGISTRATION: Registration for both events is closed.
There is no online entry for this event. Register by clicking the appropriate link below for a paper entry and
instructions. The combined total of participants for both races will be about 150. Registration will close when
the races are filled but no later than May 20. The race has filled and registration closed in mid-April the past
three years. When registration closes a notice will be posted on this web site announcing closure. Any entry
forms received after registration closes will be returned. Check the entry form for options and fees. No refunds.
The Runners From Hell
The Phantom Trotters
The Mangum Track Club
The race director reserves the right to change or update details of this event at any time. There will be no
switching of events after May 1. Packet pickup will begin at 5 pm near the start. The race will start at 6 pm.
Most runners will finish the first loop in daylight. All runners will be required to have a light after dark. The
course is open to traffic, so the lights are not only for you to see with, but also so you can be seen. Littering
upsets the race director. Leave all trash within 300 feet of the aid station. This includes empty gel packets.
The members of Bethel Baptist Church are again cooking for us. There will be both vegetarian and regular
burgers and hot dogs for runners, their crew and families, and volunteers. They also have tea and desserts.
Food for crew, families, and volunteers will begin being available about 7 p.m and remain available
throughout the night. Runners may eat in the fellowship hall after they are done. Hot dogs and hamburgers will
also be available on the aid station table later in the evening.
Something for you to think about. Lots of us like to have our favorite post-race beverage. Remember,
we are guests here, and be discreet. Put your beer in a paper cup, do not drink it near the front of the
church, or near the fellowship hall. Let's respect our hosts. Our race depends on it.